An Attitude Of Gratitude

March 22, 2015
by Cassandra Wessel   - Listen to this devotional

1 Chronicles 16:34 – O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)

One winter evening many years ago, when I was in active ministry, we held Bible studies in my home, the church manse, where we read the Bible, prayed, and shared. We often finished our time together with the Lord's Prayer. We gathered in a circle, folded our hands and prayed aloud. One night, my Golden Retriever/Chow crossbreed buddy, Friskie, joined our circle. He flopped on the floor between myself and the person next to me, crossed his paws, and as we began to speak "Our Father, who art in heaven", he began to "speak" too. His tones modulated with ours, beginning and ending when we began and ended. Was he praying? Probably not, yet a part of me wished he were. One thing that I know for a certainty, Friskie was always good-natured and thankful for every treat that he received and for every affectionate pat on the head.

I've often thought that our pets make good examples for us. Perhaps, we, too, can find it within ourselves to be thankful for everything we eat and every "pat on the head" that we receive from those we love … and maybe we can give a few "pats on the head" to others, too (figuratively speaking, that is). Let's show an attitude of gratitude by sharing our appreciation for one another.

Prayer: Thank You, Father God, for simply being who You are. How can we thank You and praise You enough for all that You give us: our breath, our life, our food, clean water to drink, our families, our friends, our health, our well-being? You give us oh so much, Father God, that we can never include everything that You do for us. Thus, we will say a simple "Thank You", as we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for a good word Cassandra.

    Hi Cass, That was right on the money. We both feel the same about the lessons we can learn from our dogs I see.

    AMEN and AMEN. Thank you for reminding us of this simple deed.

    This was delightful. Keep writing. And good advice for all of us.
    Love and blessings.

    Thanks Cass,
    Edification is a very integral part of our witness.
    Have a blessed Easter!

    Dear Cass,
    How good to have your words encouraging us to thank the Lord for His many blessings. And, I’m grateful for you today. God bless.

    Thank you Cassandra. I’d say you’re still in ‘active ministry’, just a different format. You certainly ministered to me just now, and I am very grateful. God bless.

    Thank you Rev Sandy! Totally agree that God has given us the animal kingdom that we may learn from them. I’d like to think that Friskie was praying too…..for sure I believe that they, too, are connected on a Spiritual level.

    Enjoyed that Sandy. Our 4 legged child sometimes puts his head on my lap when we say grace. We think that he thinks if he does that he’s going to get something. He has joined in our “ritual” therefore he has a right to food. He hasn’t quite figured out why his rationale doesn’t work.

    Cass – I enjoyed this devotional. What a cute story! The Scripture says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD,” (Psalm 150:6) so that includes Friskie. Thank you for sharing.

    Dear sister in Christ,
    Thank you, and thank you for this morning inspirational devotional readings. It is truly a reminder that we should always give thanks to our father in heaven.
    May the dear Lord bless you richly as you continue write to us readers.

    Very good.

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